More Clarity and a Form for Booking Confirmation Crossing Croatia's Borders
It has been a really interesting experience over the last two weeks seeing how the quality of travel information is evolving in these chaotic times.
Our trip to the main Bregana border between Croatia and Slovenia on May 17 was an eye-opener. I was very impressed with the efficiency of MUP, as well as more than a little shocked that Slovenian tourists were arriving for a holiday, but then not being allowed into Croatia as they could not prove a reservation. The policy of no reservation, no entry made sense, but the fact that tourists were arriving without the reservation meant that the information was not being transmitted effectively.
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Since then, the information has improved considerably (and if you join the Total Croatia Travel INFO Viber community on the link above, you can get your questions answered by the community), but one issue which was still confusing a lot of people was what exactly did a booking confirmation constitute, and what did they need to bring to the border?
The process at the border was also painfully slow. The border police not only checked the passports, but then manually had to enter the data of the reservation. This meant that each car was taking 5-8 minutes to pass.
Thankfully this is only a temporary measure, and I understand that an online pre-arrival check-in option is being worked on.
And this very helpful bi-lingual form is now available. My advice is to print it off, one per tourist, then fill in before arrival and then present it with your passport. This should reduce the border waiting experience and move things along much quicker. Once the online system comes, things will be quicker still.
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